Allison Neale on Alto Flute with Jazznights Trio: Roger Odell, Simon Brown with vocals from Larraine Odell at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 13th May 2018

American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity.

As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth ‘Generations‘ Band and the “Back to Basie’ Orchestra. She frequently tours the UK with her current Quartet, which also features acclaimed jazz pianist Leon Greening, bassist Julian Bury and drummer Steve Brown and has two CDs to her name ‘Melody Express’ with guitarist Dave Cliff and ‘Blue Concept’ with trumpeter Gary Kavanagh , both on 33 Records. Her latest CD ” I Wished on the Moon ” due for release in January 2015 on the Trio Records label and features the quartet as well as Milt Jackson influenced vibraphonist Nat Steele.

“ Allison Neale plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges” Dave Gelly , The Observer

“ A talent to savour” Peter Vacher Jazz UK

Allison Neale playing with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

The Jazznights Trio were:

Roger Odell

Simon Brown

Bernie Hodgkins

Larraine Odell

Larraine Odell singing with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s we had the traditional Jazznights sitting in spot which is open to all musicians who have an  opportunity to play  with the band. Tonight we had the pleasure of  Geoff Harriman his harmonica

On Sunday 27th May we will have the pleasure of Emily Dankworth  singing for us at Jazznights – The Bell Hotel, Clare

Given Emily’s musical heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth as well as niece to Jacqui Dankworth and daughter to Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that she has her forte in music. Bonus: Alec will be on bass! “Flawless pitch with a lovely lyrical expression in her voice”. Tina May.

The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email
Pay on the night.

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